I really enjoyed The Expendables - and look forward to having time to watch the blu-ray again. The sequel? Not so much. But the first one - ah, the first one. It was direct and did what it said on the tin; no namby-pamby fannying around dithering behaviour, but actual find-him-and-kill-him, do-it-or-don’t-but-do-some-bloody-thing action. I found it funny (sometimes unintentionally perhaps, but funny nonetheless), satisfying (Statham showing the ‘new boyfriend’ what he does for a living) and just plain visceral fun. Guns that would give the BFG9000 a run for its money, tough-as-nails blokes going on about love and life in their own manly way, and just plain blokeishness at its best. Yes, I enjoyed it.
Did you know that Ripley was a man in the original script - and they just changed the pronouns and carried on regardless when they cast Sigourney Weaver? Maybe that had something to do with how well Ripley was written. So why do female-heavy movies tank at the box office? It’s not me, trust me - I always turn out to support women in their celluloid efforts to represent the 51% of the world’s population.
Simple fact: women have to hold their own against men. Horrible fact: women also have to hold their own against other women.
But then. Ah, but then…
If that out-of-date view that, because you’re a woman you shouldn’t like women in film, is not the only reason that female-led movies bomb (because people like me go to see how bad it will be out of curiosity anyway), then what could it be? Could it be the writing? Yes - blame the writers! Find their offices and burn them down!
And those that do it right? How do they do that, exactly?) But sometimes, when you need just that slight push in the right direction, you need someone who knows. As the great Stephen Fry once reminded Alan Davies: write about what you know, what you can see out of the window. Well, everyone sees women about the place and that’s fine, but when men’s normal cry is ‘no-one can ever understand women so don’t even try’, why are all the action flicks about and for women written by men?
And I swear, one crack about shoes or broken nails, and I will find the writers and end them.
* Top gif, of Major Kira from DS9, was gakked from HERE.
I really wanted these pictures included but couldn't fit them in, so they're just added on the bottom here:
~ The Expendables ~ women ~ women in film ~ Alicia Keys ~ Danai Gurira ~ Gina Torres ~ Gina Carano ~ Helen Mirren ~ Judi Dench ~ Kate Beckinsale ~ Katee Sackhoff ~ Linda Hamilton ~ Lucy Liu ~ Michelle Rodrigues ~ Michelle Yeoh ~ Milla Jovovich ~ Gemma Arterton ~ Nana Visitor ~ Pam Grier ~ Rhona Mitra ~ Salma Hayek ~ Sarah Michelle Geller ~ Sigourney Weaver ~ Summer Glau ~ Lucy Lawless